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American Heart Association Mission: Lifeline 2015 EMS Recognition Application Now Open Until February 28

From the American Heart Association:

The American Heart Association recognizes the critical life-saving role prehospital emergency services provide to the overall success of a STEMI system of care. The availability of 12-lead ECGs and well trained EMS providers allow for rapid identification of STEMIs, early activation of hospital emergency and cardiac teams and transportation to a STEMI Receiving or Referral center for immediate care.  In 2014, the American Heart Association launched a program to recognize emergency service agencies that met the AHA/ACC guideline recommendations for prehospital STEMI care.  In  the first year there were more than 200 prehospital agencies in the US that applied and received the American Heart Association Mission: Lifeline STEMI EMS Recognition including 22 agencies from Ohio including:


·         USV Ambulance District-Alger Unit

·         Columbia Station Twp. Fire Department

·         Middleburg Heights Fire Department

·         Strongsville Fire Department

·         Brook Park Fire Department

·         Cleveland Hopkins International Airport  Fire and Rescue

·         Olmsted Falls Fire Department

·         Berea Fire Department

·         Brunswick Fire Department

·         Fredericktown Community Joint Emergency Ambulance District

·         Upper Arlington Fire Division

·         Ravenna City Fire Department

·         Green Twp. Fire & EMS

·         Springfield Township Fire Department

·         Lane LifeTRANS

·         City of Canton Fire Department

·         Somerset-Reading Twp EMS

·         Delaware County EMS

·         Rural Metro Ambulance

·         Brunswick Hills Twp. Fire Department

·         Euclid Fire


On January 1 the 2015 Mission: Lifeline EMS Recognition Application period began and will remain open until February 28, 2015 at 11:59 pm (EST).   The application will collect information and data for patients treated and transported by EMS during the 2014 calendar year, specific to the Mission: Lifeline EMS Recognition Measures and Criteria for patients treated by EMS.


You can find more information about the Mission: Lifeline STEMI EMS recognition program at:  Mission: Lifeline EMS Recognition.  On the website you’ll find information about the recognition criteria, useful tools for collecting data, hardcopy of the application, application pathways to accommodate various system designs, an FAQ, and other useful information.  In addition, two national webinars were conducted to provide an overview of the recognition program, the application form and the submission process are available for review:


·         November 19, 2014 Webinar:

·         January 13, 2015 Webinar:


If you are interested in submitting an application for recognition, based on last years’ experience, the AHA advises to start the process now to allow time to collect the necessary data and allow time if any problems should arise with your application submission.

Ohio EMS Trauma Triage Changes

From the Ohio Division of EMS:
Changes to Ohio’s Trauma Triage Criteria for EMS
December 2014

The following changes have been made to the Ohio Trauma Triage Criteria for EMS personnel:

“Needs intubation“ has been modified to “Need for ventilatory support”
o Adults and geriatrics
o EMSIRS field value 9910 (no change to code, only wording)

“Respiratory rate less than 20 in infants less than 1 year old” added
o Pediatrics
o EMSIRS field value 9912

“Open skull fracture” added
o All age groups
o EMSIRS field value 9983

“Vehicle telemetry data consistent with high risk of injury” added
o All age groups
o EMSIRS field value 9997

These changes are now in effect.

Any questions, comments or concerns should be directed to:

Tim Erskine
Chief of Trauma Systems and Research

ODEMS Trauma Triage Update 2014-12
ODEMS Trauma Triage Decision Tree 2014-12

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